Harry Arnold, Christmas card

Harry Arnold, Christmas card

Christmas card
Harry Arnold
Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode
Britain
19th century
Colour lithograph
Museum no. 28904.8

Singing carols during the Christmas season originated with the pagan tradition of singing and dances of joy performed at the Winter Solstice. With the advent of Christianity, religious traditions grew to incorporate musical renditions such as the canticles performed in Nativity plays at the time of St Francis of Assisi in the 13th century.

With Oliver Cromwell's rise to power in 1647, the Puritan religion forbade carol singing. The Victorian era marks an important moment in the history of carol singing as it represents a renewed interest in a practice that had been surpressed for centuries. This change is credited to William Sandys and David Gilbert who gathered together and performed the traditional Christmas music of various English regions, awakening an interest in Christmas songs.

This card can be found in Print Room Box 3.